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As a service to our members, diversity bar associations, and other legal-affiliated organizations, the CWBA posts other community and law-related events. 

To request your event be posted on our website, please send the pertinent information including event date, time, place, registration details and costs to the CWBA at execdir@cwba.org.  The list of CWBA events may be found on our Events Calendar.

September 16, 2020 - Applying to Be a Judge During COVID-19

Brought to you by CBA-CLE and the Office of Judicial Diversity Outreach 

Topic:               Applying to Be a Judge During COVID-19

Date:                   Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 12-1 p.m. (webcast)

CLE:                    1 general credit pending

Cost:                    Free  

How do you garner support for your judicial application when networking events have been cancelled? What can you expect in a virtual judicial interview? In an effort to continue the conversation with the community regarding the pathway to the bench and to offer strategies for the months ahead, this virtual lunchtime CLE program will explore strategies for applying to be a judge during these unprecedented times. Featuring short presentations by stakeholders who have experienced the selection process during COVID-19, the program will give the attendees an opportunity to learn from their experience and to ask questions about the process.

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  • Welcome and Introductions:  Extended by Sumi Lee, Esq., Head of Judicial Diversity Outreach, State Court Administrator’s Office
  • Perspective from the Governors’ Office: Presented by Jacki Cooper Melmed, Esq., Chief Legal Counsel for Governor Jared Polis
  • Perspective from a Judicial Nominating Commissioner: Presented by Leah Gates, Esq., Western Slope Health Law/Leah R. Gates PC, 7th Judicial District Nominating Commissioner
  • Perspectives from Recent Appointees: Presented by Honorable Samorreyan Burney, 4th Judicial District, and Honorable Mariana Vielma, 17th Judicial District
  • Perspective from a Colorado Supreme Court Justice: Presented by Honorable Melissa Hart, Colorado Supreme Court
  • Q&A Session: Moderated by Sumi Lee, Esq., Head of Judicial Diversity Outreach, State Court Administrator’s Office

Please note that all Home Study products will be available approximately 2 weeks after the date of the live program.

For more information on this seminar, please contact Megan Rippentrop at mrippentrop@cobar.org or call (303) 860-0608

October 2, 2020 - Colorado LGBT Bar Association Annual Dinner and Awards

While there is no cost to attend the virtual gala, they are collecting sponsorships for the event, detailed below, as well as direct and peer to peer donations.  In order to attend the event, you just need to register, and the link will be sent to you the morning of October 2nd. 

The event will include an opening cocktail slideshow with music and then the typical program in a new virtual format. You are encouraged to get fancy, make it a party, and dress it up. The cocktail sponsors will provide their favorite cocktail and mocktail recipes, and Epicurean Catering has partnered with them to provide a special menu.  Ten percent (10%) of the menu price of all orders will be donated back to the Colorado LGBT Bar Association Foundation.  

October 7, 2020 - CJI 2020 Judicial Excellence Awards 

Please join CJI in celebrating Colorado’s Judiciary! The Colorado Judicial Institute’s 18th Annual Judicial Excellence Awards will be held virtually Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 5 p.m. The event will recognize five judicial officers for their outstanding service on the bench as well as raise critical money for CJI's Judicial Education Fund.

This event honors the excellence that is found every day in our state’s judiciary.        This year, CJI congratulates:

Chief Justice Nathan Coats, Colorado Supreme Court
Judge Robert Hawthorne (retired), Colorado Court of Appeals            District Court Judge Larry Schwartz, 10th Judicial District
Denver County Court Presiding Judge Theresa Spahn
Magistrate Jami Vigil, 4th Judicial District

    CJI will also recognize the extraordinary efforts of Colorado’s court system during the COVID crisis with a special award to the Chief Judges Council which has been leading the response.

    Find information on the event here. Find information on sponsorships levels and benefits here.

    October 17, 2020 - Sam Cary Scholarship Endowment Fund Annual Gala & Awards

    More info here

    October 20, 2020 - IAALS 13th Annual Rebuilding Justice Award Celebration

    Each year, IAALS recognizes individuals and groups who exemplify the spirit of innovation and leadership they champion as they work toward building a legal system that is accessible, fair, reliable, and accountable. 

    For the first time ever, this event will be held virtually, and will also be free and open to the public—making it more accessible to a national audience than ever before. 

    They look forward to recognizing their two awardees, Margaret Hagan and the late Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court Mark Cady. They will honor their leadership and innovation in advancing our justice system, including inspiring the movement toward user-centric reforms in family courts—leading to better pathways for families nationwide. 

    The event will include remarks from Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht and feature a special presentation from Margaret on innovation in legal design. 

    Event Sponsors

    For more information, please contact: 
    Amy Downing, events manager: amy.downing@du.edu or 303-871-6649

    May 19, 2021 - Colorado Lawyers Committee 2020/2021 Annual Awards Luncheon


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